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Everstart Central Wrap-Up, 7th in Points

Posted by todd on August 5, 2013

The last Everstart Central event from the Detroit River is now in the books.  I rallied on Day 2 to move up to 25th and finish 7th in the points race.  Although I'm slightly disappointed in my finish, it's very similar to my 2011 season where I finished 6th in the points.

I chose to fish Lake St. Clair the first day of the event, but a change in wind direction and water clarity really seemed to affect the area I was fishing.  I figured a solid 17-18 pound day was in the works, as I had a good practice using the River Rat Tackle Tube and dropshotting the Castaic Baby Jerky J.  I struggled most of the day and weighed in a 12-13 limit.

On Day 2, I decided to make a change and fish the Detroit River and Lake Erie in an attempt to make up alot of ground with a 20+ pound sack.  On my first stop, I had 18 pounds in as many minutes and proceeded to make a few good culls later in the day to increase my weight to 21-10.  I finished 25th in the event, and my brother ended up finishing the event in 10th in the points, qualifying him for priority entry in the 2014 FLW Tour.  Can you imagine the Hollowell brothers both fishing the FLW Tour next year?  We will see what the off-season brings - it would be a dream come true for both of us. 

At this level, the decisions you make in regards to where you fish and spend your time during the event almost always affect where you finish in the standings.  Had I made a better decision on Day 1, I believe that I could have been in position to win this event.  It's not the first time that has happened during the 2013 season, and I'm confident that I will learn from those mistakes going into 2014.  In fact, as I look back over the season, I realize that had a few things gone differently, the opportunity to win was at Beaver, Eufaula, and Detroit.  There's such little room for error when you are fishing against the best competition in the world.  But I'm confident that the day will come when I contend to win a major event.  Until then, I will continue to work on sharpening my saw and eliminating weaknesses.  My first two years on the FLW Tour have resulted in points finishes of 36th and 44th, so I know I belong at this level.

That officially wraps up my 2013 tournament season, as I will watch the Forrest Wood Cup from the sidelines this year.  It fuels my fire and motivates me to continue to improve and take advantage of the opportunities to come in 2014.  I'm blessed to have a great sponsor backing with Red Gold Tomatoes, River Rat Tackle, Evinrude, Castaic, Reaction Strike, and Red Dirt Bait Company that allow me to compete. 

Next year's schedule will be released soon for the FLW Tour.  I'm considering fishing the BASS Opens in an attempt to qualify for the Bassmaster's Classic and the Elite Series.  I'm also beginning a new project as the host of a new show on the World Fishing Network (WFN) called the Bass Dr.  The first episode will air in January 2014, but we've already begun filming.  The world of television is new to me, but I'm starting to like it.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the fall.  Thanks for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year - it's very much appreciated!